Beetlecam Returns to the Mara
Wildlife photographers Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas have been back to Kenya’s Masai Mara with a modified version of their “Beetlecam”, a six-wheel buggy built to take wildlife pictures by remote control.
I think most wildlife photographers dream of getting closer to the action while still respecting the animals’ space and the obvious way of doing this is to untether the camera from the photographer and use a remote release. The Burrard-Lucas brothers have put this into practice with their remote controlled buggies fitted with Canon DSLR cameras, allowing them to get some unusual and fascinating close-ups of lions and their cubs:
The brothers’ exploits with their Beetlecams have attracted wide media attention and they’re capitaliziing on this by going commercial and offering various iterations of their remote-controlled buggy for sale. But priced around 1250 Brit pounds, I’m afraid I’ll have to give it a miss or build my own.
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